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How Speakers Work

How Speakers Work

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Speakers might look complicated but they are actually really simple devices and in order to understand their working principle, you need just a basic understanding of electromagnetism and sound waves. Speakers transform electrical signals into sound waves and that’s the simplest definition of their purpose. The working principle is a little bit more complicated but we will get to that. Parts of A Speaker Every speaker has at least three parts – enclosure, driver (or drivers), and electronic components (crossovers, amplifiers). Drivers – Speaker drivers are the most important parts of every speaker. The drivers are in charge of transforming electrical signals into sound. Enclosures and electronic components are important, too but their purpose is to improve the sound quality while
Home Audio Speaker Systems – Wired vs. Wireless

Home Audio Speaker Systems – Wired vs. Wireless

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Looking for an audio speaker system for your apartment or house? Finding difficult to decide whether you should buy wired or wireless speaker system? We have some good news for you! Stay with us and we will try to help you find the right solution for your home. What are Home Audio Speaker Systems? Before we start explaining which speakers are the best for you and throwing bunch of new terms at you, let’s stop for a second and answer one of the most important questions related to this topic – what are home audio speaker systems? Some might find this expression strange and unfamiliar but this is, in fact, nothing new. Most of you have already had some kind of audio speaker systems because, by this term, we actually mean any type of speakers used in somebody's home. As you probably al
Floor Standing vs. Bookshelf Speakers – Which Is Right for You?

Floor Standing vs. Bookshelf Speakers – Which Is Right for You?

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Music is the inseparable part of our lives and we are constantly exposed to its influence no matter where we are and what we are doing. Music is in every café, in every shop, even in the streets. Many people can’t imagine working, studying or even driving in complete silence so they play some music. If music helps us so much in all of these situations, imagine how great it is to come home and relax after a hard day with a few favorite songs played through your home speakers. Many people decide to buy 3-piece speaker systems because they are easier to set up than home theater speakers and they offer amazing sound quality. Some of the best solutions in these situations are floor-standing or bookshelf speakers that can fit most of the houses or apartments because they are simpler than
The Difference Between Active and Passive PA Speakers

The Difference Between Active and Passive PA Speakers

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Speakers are widely popular audio devices and they are produced in many versions, shapes, and colors. They can be big or small, wired or wireless, you can buy a single speaker or a speaker system. They can be found anywhere and everyone wants them. We may think we know everything about them but there is actually one less known type that we don’t write about so often. These are PA speakers and in this article, we will try to present them to you in the best possible way, list their positive and negative characteristics and give you a short buying guide that should help you decide which PA speaker set is best for you. What Are PA Speakers and Why Do We Need Them? Before we even start, let’s find out what PA stands for. It actually means “public address” and these systems are made in orde
How to Find the Right Headphones

How to Find the Right Headphones

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Do you know somebody who doesn’t have at least one pair of headphones? Probably not, especially if that person uses a smartphone. Headphone use is widely spread all over the planet and at least once in our lives, we get to the point where we want to buy headphones so that we can listen to music when commuting, traveling, working out, etc. Headphones are used in many professions by musicians, radio presenters but they can also be used by ordinary people who work in crowded places and want to work in peace. Although we have numerous kinds of headphones on the market we still have problems finding the perfect pair for ourselves. The wider choice should make the process easier but this is true only in theory. In reality, we spend too much time searching for the new pair of headphones. This
Soundbars vs Surround Sound Systems: Is There a Difference?

Soundbars vs Surround Sound Systems: Is There a Difference?

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Whenever we are buying new devices, we are trying to get the best possible model for our money. However, our choice is not always only ours. We often decide what to buy based on the current trends, our current budget, where we are going to use certain device, etc. The same rule applies to buying speakers for our working or living space. We are sure most of us would like to experience watching a movie with an expensive home theater system. If we had that in our homes, we wouldn’t even have to go to the cinema. Unfortunately, not everyone has enough money to spend on these systems or enough space to place that kind of a system. This is where the compromising begins. In this article, we will try to list and explain all the differences between soundbars and surround sound speaker systems an
How to Set Up Wireless Speakers for the Best Sound

How to Set Up Wireless Speakers for the Best Sound

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Wireless speakers are one of the best achievements of modern technology and they have become quite popular in recent years. We are constantly trying to make our lives easier by buying devices that are more practical and easy to handle. We use them all the time, at home, at work, even on vacation. One of the most popular representatives of this group of devices are wireless and Bluetooth devices. The most popular products are probably Bluetooth headphones and earbuds but we can’t really say that wireless and Bluetooth speakers are less popular than the headphones. There are many reasons for their popularity. They don’t have those annoying wires that can make a real mess in any room no matter how big it is, you can move them easily from one room to another or use them even in front of you
Speaker Sensitivity Explained

Speaker Sensitivity Explained

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Reading all those numbers from the speaker’s specifications list can be a real nightmare if you don’t know what to look for and what all the numbers mean. Even if you have some basic understanding of these specifications, you might get confused by different measurement methods and different units. One of the characteristics that can be really tricky is speaker sensitivity and there are numerous reasons for that – some manufacturers call it efficiency (sensitivity and efficiency are not the same things), some manufacturers use dB at 1m per 1W, others use dB at 1m per 2.83V, different manufacturers use different measurement methods, etc. The main problem with sensitivity is that there is no industry standard when it comes to measuring and unit of measurement that would be the same for all th
Are Volume-Limiting Headphones Safe for Your Child?

Are Volume-Limiting Headphones Safe for Your Child?

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Almost every child today has a phone, tablet or uses his/her parent’s computer occasionally. You may consider it positive or not but the facts are facts and we all have to accept them and deal with them. As children start using these devices at an early age (even at the age of 3 or 4), many parents are trying to ensure at least some basic protection for their children’s ears. Luckily, many companies have started producing special volume-limiting headphones that are supposed to be safe for children. We say “supposed to be safe” because we are not confident about them and in this article, we will discuss it and explain our opinion. What Are Volume-Limiting Headphones? Volume-limiting headphones are headphones specially made to enable listening to music in a “safe” mode. Their loudness is l
What Are Stereo Amplifiers and How Do They Work?

What Are Stereo Amplifiers and How Do They Work?

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Before we start talking about stereo amplifiers, let’s say a few words about amplifiers in general because we are sure many people don’t completely understand the working principle of an amplifier. What Are Amplifiers? The first amplifier was invented by an American engineer Lee de Forest in the early 1900’s. The invention was, in fact, the electron vacuum tube that was named ‘’Audion’’ and its purpose was to amplify weak current. That, however, wasn’t the final design of the amplifier as the followers of Mr. de Forest (Irving Langmuir and Edward Armstrong) managed to really understand how the amplifier worked and perfect it based on the new knowledge. They made the triode – vacuum tube with no air that contains three components (positive terminal – platinum plate, negative terminal – ca